People

Vira Kravets, Ph.D.

eMail: vkravets@ucsd.edu Twitter: @KravetsVira

Vira Kravets is an Assistant Professor at the University of California San Diego Bioengineering Department and holds a secondary appointment in the UC San Diego School of Medicine Pediatrics Department, Division of Endocrinology. Most recently, Kravets was a Postdoctoral Fellow in the Department of Bioengineering and School of Medicine at the University of Colorado. She earned a Doctor of Philosophy (Ph.D.) degree focused in Physics from University of Colorado at Colorado Springs and a MS in Solid State Physics from Taras Shevchenko National University of Kyiv, Ukraine.

In her free time she enjoys hiking with family and friends, dancing, doing yoga, and playing with her son.

David Ramirez, Ph.D

David Ramirez is a Postdoctoral Fellow at the University of California San Diego Bioengineering Department and UC San Diego School of Medicine, Department of Pediatrics , Division of Endocrinology. David received his Ph.D in Bioengineering from the University of Colorado, Denver, Anschutz Medical Campus. Dr. Ramirez is investigating the role of beta cell functional heterogeneity and paracrine interactions in healthy paracrine tissue and in type 1 diabetes.

Aining Fan, M.S.

eMail: aifan@ucsd.edu

Aining is a Ph.D. student at the University of California San Diego Bioengineering Department. She received her M.S. in Biomedical Engineering from the Washington University in Saint Louis, McKelvey Engineering School. 

Aining enjoys playing piano, reading, and watching movies in her free time.

Nirmala Balasenthilkumaran, B.S.

eMail: nvb223@ucsd.edu

Nirmala is working on his Master’s thesis at the University of California San Diego, Department of Bioengineering. He received his bachelor’s degree in Biomedical engineering from VIT University, India. He is interested in studying functional networks in pancreatic islets using animal models and computational simulations. 

In his free time, he enjoys spending time at the beach, reading, trying new food and exploring San Diego with his friends.  

Annanya Sethiya, B.S.

eMail: asethiya@ucsd.edu

Annanya is a Masters student in the Department of Bioengineering at UCSD. She earned her Bachelors degree in Bioengineering from the Maharashtra Institute Of Art, Design, and Technology. She is interested in developing therapeutics for diseases using computational systems, this reflects her desire to use cutting-edge technology, to solve complex problems. 

Annanya enjoys relaxing at the beach and socializing with friends.

Yaowen Zhang, B.S.

eMail: yaz080@ucsd.edu

Yaowen Zhang is pursuing her master's degree in the Department of Bioengineering at the University of California San Diego. Prior to this, Yaowen obtained her Bachelor's Degree in Molecular, Cell, and Developmental Biology from the University of California, Los Angeles.

In her free time, she enjoys going on road trips and photography.

Shravani Vitalapuram, B.S.

eMail: svitalapuram@ucsd.edu

Shravani is pursuing her master's degree at the University of California San Diego, Department of Bioengineering . She obtained her bachelors degree in Electronics and Telecommunication Engineering from the Pune University in India. 

She is interested in using computational models and analysis to study pancreatic cell networks in diabetes mellitus.